Shaken Baby Syndrome

A large number of child deaths are reported in South Africa each year. A lot of deaths relate to neglect, abuse or murder. Despite this, there's a knowledge gap in relation to understanding the issue....

Amniotic fluid problems

The importance of amniotic fluid Amniotic fluid is essential for pregnancy and foetal development. Amniotic fluid is a watery substances residing inside a casing called the amniotic membrane or sac. ...

Choosing a pre-school

Becoming a parent is a momentous; life-changing event filled with hopes, expectations and naturally some fears. Parents often learn and grow alongside their children, as they face the challenges of pa...

Newborn reflexes

Although newborn babies are physically helpless and vulnerable at birth, they have a number of amazing innate abilities or reflexes. Reflexes are involuntary movements or actions, designed to protect ...

Mastitis

Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast that can lead to infection. The word “mastitis” is derived from the Greek word “mastos” meaning “breasts”, while the suffix “-itis” denotes “inflammation”. Ma...

Pelvic floor exercises

Although your new baby will probably bring you immense emotional satisfaction, physically you may feel uncomfortable and strange in your own skin. After 9 months of pregnancy and hormonal changes, you...

Colic

Babies cry because they need to communicate something and most parents, especially new moms, find it distressing to see or hear an unhappy baby. In time, you will learn to recognize the various causes...

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are informative sessions provided to prepare expecting parents for the birth of their child and the early days of being a parent.Most antenatal classes are run by Midwives and occasi...

Strap-in-the-Future

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was launched on the 11 May 2011. It is a global declaration of war against road crashes and fatalities. According to Mr Sibusiso Ndebele, MP Minister of ...

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
  • Amniotic fluid problems

    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
  • Choosing a pre-school

    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
  • Newborn reflexes

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
  • Colic

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:11
  • Antenatal Classes

    Monday, 03 June 2013 09:34
  • Strap-in-the-Future

    Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:52

Growth Spurts

Babies grow astonishingly fast. It is generally accepted that they double their birth weight by 5 to 6 months and then it triples from birth by a year. This growth is however not a steady gain; rather it seems to come and go, in fits and starts. Researchers are still trying to figure out exactly when and how these periods of growth occur. Some experts think that they last between 2 to 7 days and happen at predictable ages – 10 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. Others say there’s no set schedule and that the timing varies from baby to baby. But moms recognise a growth spurt when they see one. It may sometimes seem as if baby grew overnight – one day the baby-grow fits just perfectly, the next it seems to have shrunk in the wash! So how can you tell when your baby is going through a growth spurt? Here’s what to look for:

 

He’s hungry all the time. Baby suddenly seems to be hungry all the time and wants to either breast feed all the time or needs to have more formula more frequently during the day and night.

 

These feeding frenzies serve two purposes. Firstly, for the baby to get more calories and secondly – if you are breast feeding – to enable your body to produce more milk so you can meet the increasing appetite of a larger baby. Your baby can feed as often as 15 or 16 times a day during a spurt. Short, frequent breastfeeding sessions build your milk supply much more effectively than longer, infrequent ones.

 

He’s fussier than usual. Due to the almost constant feeding, baby is not sleeping as much as he needs and this can result in a crankier more irritable baby.

 

He suddenly hibernates. After several days of non-stop eating, your baby may sleep more soundly than usual. Medical reaserchers feel that this is the actual time the baby grows as nearly 80 % of growth hormone is secreted during sleep. Never force a baby to stay awake or adhere to his normal sleep schedule – you’ll only make him cranky. Plus, he needs all the energy he can muster to keep growing.

 

It may not be a growth spurt. Don’t be too quick to blame growth spurts for everything. He could also be getting sick. Breast milk provides valuable antibodies that your baby needs to fend off an infection, while sleep gives the body energy for the fight. In addition, a baby who is teething may become fussier and display erratic changes in his eating and sleeping patterns.